50 Years After JFK Assassination, Writers Examine Dallas' Political Past

Shortly before the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination, Bill Minutaglio clinical professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism and co-author Steven L. Davis examine Dallas' political past and a saga of American history.

Told in cinematic storytelling fashion, their work is presented in "Dallas 1963" (Twelve Books), to be released Oct. 8.

The narrative nonfiction book is not a retelling of the assassination or conspiracy theories instead it is about the untold, dramatic and interwoven stories of several giant American protagonists who had somehow converged in Dallas: the world's richest man, America's most influential preacher, the most powerful leader of the anti-Kennedy movement, and even Martin Luther King Jr. "Dallas 1963" reveals the intricate plots and machinations that made Dallas the most singular city in America in the weeks and months before Kennedy arrived.

"History has been waiting 50 years for this book," said New Yorker writer and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright.

"Dallas 1963" has been lauded or mentioned in Vanity Fair, The Daily Beast, Publishers Weekly and other outlets. Already interviewed by National Public Radio and PBS affiliates, the authors are touring the nation.

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A recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, Minutaglio has written several critically acclaimed books, including biographies of President George W. Bush and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, as well as an award-winning biography of writer Molly Ivins and a book about the greatest human-made disaster in American history. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, Newsweek, Outside, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and many other publications. He teaches narrative writing and investigative journalism at The University of Texas at Austin and holds a B.A. and an M.S. from Columbia University.